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Why Man City's international break couldn't have gone better for Pep Guardiola

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For a manager who doesn't hide his disliking of international breaks, Pep Guardiola will be quietly delighted with how the last 10 days have gone for his title challengers.

The Manchester City boss has had to deal with players picking up injuries after representing their countries in the past, but barring any problems with Raheem Sterling or Bernardo Silva on Tuesday night his squad will have come through unscathed.

Another City man on a hot streak is Kevin de Bruyne who scored one and set up three in Belgium's 4-0 win over Scotland.

But Guardiola knows that goals are not the most important thing to come out of an international break, and he will be equally pleased to see some of his fringe players get more minutes.

So when Guardiola takes his players to Carrow Road, for the first game of his self-confessed 'real season', he will have a squad of in-form, fit, hungry players to pick from.

Oleks Zinchenko is the other City man to have scored for his country this week, after netting from a midfield position in Ukraine's win over Lithuania last week.

Behind Sterling and De Bruyne, Guardiola has been boosted by notable performances from players with a point to prove - something those players could not have gained from the domestic calendar.
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